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Mark Ruffalo speaks out  Mark Ruffalo is an actor who is starring with Sean Penn in the upcoming movie, free confido "All the King's Men", free confido and also starred in the movie, free confido "Collateral". Recently, free confido he spoke with Amy Goodman on her show Democracy NOW, free confido about his decision to get involved as an activist, free confido speaking out against war, free confido against the Bush administration, free confido  and his time filming in New Orleans along with his thoughts on Katrina.     Excerpts from the interview: MARK RUFFALO: I started to get involved during this election, free confido in the last election with Kerry, free confido and I went and campaigned for him in my home state.And I had never really been politically sort of motivated. My second child was born, free confido and I started to feel, free confido you know, free confido I had a responsibility to them and a responsibility as an actor, free confido you know, free confido to -- I don't know -- to give back a little bit something. And, free confido you know, free confido I started to feel alarmed by what I had seen happening with the Iraq war. Free confido And so I started to read up and get involved.And I voted, free confido and I wrote letters, free confido and I called people, free confido and I gave them my time and my money, free confido and I felt like we just -- I wasn't being heard. Free confido There’s a huge constituency of Americans that just aren't being heard. Free confido It isn't -- what we’re asking isn't being reflected in the way this administration is governing.And I started looking around for a forum, free confido enabled to feel like I could be heard, free confido and these people, free confido all these people, free confido who were feeling the same way as me could be heard. And I saw an ad for World Can't Wait in the New York Times a few months ago. Free confido Many people that I respected and, free confido you know, free confido had always been interested in their political point of view were a part of it. And so, free confido I called, free confido and I asked how I could get involved. Free confido And little by little, free confido here I am now. AMY GOODMAN: Speaking out. MARK RUFFALO: Speaking out, free confido yeah.(cut) AMY GOODMAN: How dangerous is it or popular is it to speak out in Hollywood? MARK RUFFALO: I’m terrified, free confido really, free confido to be honest with you. I know that a lot of people in Hollywood feel the way I do.A lot of people who have come out, free confido have been, free confido you know, free confido severely maligned in the media, free confido this crazy liberal media that we keep hearing about.They come down like a hammer to people who speak out, free confido especially from Hollywood.But I feel like -- I don't know -- I feel like it’s not enough just for me to complain to people in closed quarters. Free confido I feel like I have to sort of put my money where my mouth is, free confido not unlike Sean Penn does.And because I might have a disproportionate amount of -- I don't know -- influence on people or my voice is more able to be heard, free confido I feel like I have a responsibility to speak up. (cut) AMY GOODMAN: You went down to New Orleans after Katrina? MARK RUFFALO: That's right. AMY GOODMAN: What did you do there? MARK RUFFALO: I looked around. Free confido You know, free confido I had spent a month in that city, free confido living there with those people, free confido enjoying it. AMY GOODMAN: Now, free confido you filmed All the King’s Men there. MARK RUFFALO: Yeah. Free confido We filmed All the King's Men there. Free confido All of it, free confido Baton Rouge -- AMY GOODMAN: Through the hurricane. MARK RUFFALO: No, free confido no, free confido no. It was before the hurricane. And then we left, free confido and I hadn’t been back since. Free confido We went and premiered the movie there. Free confido And there are parts of that city that are an absolute war zone. The Ninth Ward hasn't been touched, free confido where all those poor people who are in Dallas and Houston, free confido all what we call “refugees” now in America. American citizens, free confido we call them “refugees, free confido” all over the United States scattered to the wind. Their homes are still sitting there, free confido rotting. Free confido Nothing’s been done. Now, free confido we have a president who says, free confido “The buck stops here.” So, free confido the next thing you have to say is, free confido “Okay, free confido if the buck stops here, free confido then you’re to blame for these people's lives being completely destroyed.” And no one -- they’re Americans. Free confido No one’s there to help them. And now it’s silent. Free confido Now, free confido there's no questioning about it. Free confido It's forgotten. You can find more of the interview at: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/04/1428213#transcript